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Alabama Forestry Association endorses five incumbents for state House

The five candidates are seeking the nomination for their House seats in the primary election, to be held May 24.


The Alabama Forestry Association on Wednesday announced endorsements for Proncey Robertson, Tracy Estes, Rex Reynolds, Ritchie Whorton and Dexter Grimsley for seats in the Alabama House.

Robertson is running for reelection for House District 7, which represents Winston, Lawrence, Franklin and Morgan Counties. A retired law enforcement officer, Robertson has served as the Lawrence County Republican Party executive committee Chairman for four years.

“As a pro business and free enterprise candidate, I’m very proud to be endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association,” Robertson said in a statement. “I appreciate the AFA’s continuing support and knowledge they provide about forestry related issues and the Alabama business community as a whole.”

Estes is running to represent District 17 for his second term to represent Winston, Marion and Lamar Counties. He worked for the Tuscaloosa News and the Montgomery Advertiser Sports Department, and became the editor of Journal Record Newspaper in Marion County in 1991.Estes has served District 17 since 2018 and serves on several committees in the House.

“I am certainly honored to receive an endorsement from the Alabama Forestry Association,” Estes said. “Representing a portion of Alabama so richly blessed with lush and beautiful timberland only makes this endorsement mean more. I have several forestry farmers in my district and I see their pride in their work and in their land, a heritage which has sometimes been handed down for generations. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the association to protect the interest of those who work in this industry.”

Reynolds was elected to House Seat 21 in 2018 and serves as the chairman of the Local Legislation Committee in the House and as the vice chairman of Military andVeteran Affairs. Reynolds served as the director of public safety for the Huntsville Department of Public Safety and later as the city administrator for Huntsville.

“I’m so appreciative of the Forestry endorsement,” Reynolds said. “I have always appreciated their support of our volunteer firefighters, protecting our natural resources, and their commitment to a better Alabama”.

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Whorton has represented District 22 since 2014. The district covers Madison and Jackson Counties. He serves as the vice chairman of the House Local Legislation Committee and owns a small business, All Star Pools, Inc. in Madison County.

“I got elected to advocate for limited government,” Whorton said. “Forestry was with me then and with me now. I am honored to have the Association’s continued support. Landowners are the backbone of this country.”

Grimsley is running for reelection for District 85, which covers Houston and Henry Counties. Grimsley has been in office since 2010 and is a member of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee. He has worked as the chief juvenile probation officer for Henry County since 1995.

“My goal in public service is to provide leadership with integrity,” Grimsley said. “I appreciate what AFA brings to the process.”

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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